On May 26, Bombardier Aerospace production workers represented by Unifor Local 112, voted 98 per cent in favour of authorizing Unifor to take strike action, if necessary, in order to secure a fair contract. The current contract expires on June 23, 2018.
“Given Bombardier’s recent announcement to sell the Downsview property, our key priority is ensuring Unifor 112 members continue to produce the Global and Q400 when the manufacturing operation relocates,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
Unifor is also seeking improvements to wages, pension and health care benefits in this round of negotiations.
“Producing the Global and Q400 aircraft in Canada is critical to the future of our jobs and the aerospace sector,” said Scott Mcllmoyle, Unifor Ontario Regional Council Chairperson and President of Local 112 that represents the 1,600 workers at the Downsview facility. “Unifor is willing and ready to continue negotiations, but Bombardier needs to ensure better job security for our members.”
Bombardier employs more than 24,000 people in Canada directly and at supplier facilities, with an estimated 40,000 spin-off jobs created as well.